Hell on Earth (Mobb Deep album)

Hell on Earth is the third studio album by East Coast hip hop duo Mobb Deep, which was first released on November 19, 1996, on Loud and RCA Records. The album is largely a continuation of Mobb Deep's previous album, the critically acclaimed The Infamous. The album is produced by Mobb Deep and also features guest appearances by emcees Nas, Raekwon, Method Man, and frequent collaborator Big Noyd. The album stands out for its acclaimed singles "G.O.D. Pt. III" and "Hell on Earth (Front Lines)," as well as "Drop a Gem on 'Em," a response to 2Pac's diss track "Hit 'Em Up." A promotional single, "Still Shinin'", was released earlier that year and later added to the album. The album, one of the earliest enhanced CDs, also contains an additional track ("In the Long Run") that at the time, had to be unlocked with the use of a computer.

Hell on Earth
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 19, 1996
GenreEast Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
Length61:35 (North America)
65:47 (international)
Label
ProducerMobb Deep
Mobb Deep chronology
The Infamous
(1995)
Hell on Earth
(1996)
Murda Muzik
(1999)
Singles from Hell On Earth
  1. "Still Shinin'"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Drop a Gem on 'Em"
    Released: August 25, 1996
  3. "Front Lines (Hell on Earth)"
    Released: October 4, 1996
  4. "G.O.D. Pt. III"
    Released: April 15, 1997

BackgroundEdit

Since most of the album was recorded during the height of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry, many fans considered the darker songs to be subliminal disses toward 2Pac and other West Coast emcees, but Prodigy sends shout-outs to a list of west coasts artists such as Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and Xzibit in the liner notes.

MusicEdit

Havoc experiments with a more atmospheric type of production, using more classic piano and soul samples.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Los Angeles Times    [3]
Q     [4]
RapReviews8.5/10[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [6]
The Source4.5/5[7]
Spin8/10[8]

Hell on Earth was met with widespread critical acclaim from music critics and is considered by many to be among the duo's best work. The album was included in Q Magazine's 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time. The album was certified Gold on April 9, 1997, by the RIAA.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Animal Instinct" (featuring Twin Gambino & Ty Nitty)3:30
2."Drop a Gem on 'Em"4:17
3."Bloodsport"3:35
4."Extortion" (featuring Method Man)3:31
5."More Trife Life"3:45
6."Man Down" (featuring Big Noyd)5:03
7."Can't Get Enough of It" (featuring Illa Ghee)4:51
8."Nighttime Vultures" (featuring Raekwon)4:30
9."G.O.D. Pt. III"5:17
10."Get Dealt With"3:56
11."Front Lines (Hell on Earth)"4:34
12."Give It Up Fast" (featuring Big Noyd & Nas)3:58
13."Still Shinin'"4:11
14."Apostle's Warning"4:07

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 52
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 67
US Billboard 200[11] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1997) Position
US Billboard 200[13] 148
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[14] 35

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Mobb Deep: Hell on Earth". Entertainment Weekly: 138. November 1996.
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Times: Archives – POP MUSIC". pqasb.pqarchiver.com.
  4. ^ "Mobb Deep: Hell on Earth". Q: 126. June 2000.
  5. ^ "Mobb Deep :: Hell on Earth :: Loud/RCA". www.rapreviews.com.
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (20 June 2017). "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Mobb Deep: Hell on Earth". The Source: 123. December 1996.
  8. ^ LLC, SPIN Media (1 January 1997). "SPIN". SPIN Media LLC – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth". Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Mobb Deep | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  11. ^ "Mobb Deep Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Mobb Deep Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "1997 Year-End Charts – Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "1997 Year-End Charts – Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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